Author(s): Richard Watson
What will the world look like in 2020, 2030 or even 2100? How will progress in scientific research affect human life in the areas of health and lifestyle, energy and the environment, politics and conflict, space exploration and even the ultimate questions of existence? This book offers an electrifying trip through the wonders - and terrors - awaiting us over the next hundred years.
The ideas explored include: Therapeutic cloning; Regenerative medicine; Nanotechnology; Quantum computers; Cyberwarfare; Space colonies; The nature of consciousness; Digital democracy.
Richard Watson is an internationally renowned author, speaker, futurist and scenario planner who is best known for his book Future Files and for his graphic representations of future trends. Richard is the founder of www.nowandnext.com a website that publishes the quarterly 'What's Next' report, a monthly newsletter and a daily blog. He is a regular on the conference circuit worldwide and recent speaking clients have included London Business School, Shell and IBM.
Introduction. POLITICS & POWER: Ubiquitous surveillance; Digital democracy; Cyber and drone warfare; Water wars; Wane of the West. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT: Resource depletion; Beyond fossil fuels; Precision agriculture; Population change; Geo-engineering. THE URGAN LANDSCAPE: Megacities; Local energy networks; Smart cities; Next-generation transport; Extra-legal and feral slums. TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE: An internet of things; Quantum and DNA computing; Nanotechnology; Gamification; Artificial Intelligence. HEALTH & WELL BEING: Personalized genomics; Regenerative medicine; Remote monitoring; User-generated medicine; Medical data mining. SOCIAL & ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS: Living alone; Dematerialization; Income polarization; What (and where) is work?; The pursuit of happiness. TOWARDS A POST-HUMAN SOCIETY: Human beings version 2.0; Brain-machine interfaces; Avatar assistants; Uncanny Valley; Transhumanism. SPACE - THE FINAL FRONTIER: Alt.Space & space tourism; Solar energy from space; Moon mining; Space elevators; Alien intelligence. DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS: Mobile radiation; Biohazards & plagues; Nuclear terrorism; Volcanoes & quakes; The sixth mass extinction. UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: The Singularity; Me or we?; Mind modification; Is God back?; Future shock. Glossary. Index.